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New York Islanders 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 3 FINAL OT

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:28 AM

Associated Press

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New York Islanders 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 3 FINAL OT
New York Islanders 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 3

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Marc Bergevin almost couldn't remember when he last scored a goal. That was fitting, because the Pittsburgh Penguins almost couldn't remember the last time they didn't lose at home.

Bergevin ended a 101-game streak without a goal and the Penguins rallied from two goals down Tuesday night to halt their NHL record 14-game home losing streak, tying the New York Islanders 3-3.

Bergevin hadn't scored since Nov. 23, 2002, when the puck deflected to him in the high slot and he one-timed it past goalie Garth Snow less than two minutes into the third period. Pittsburgh's Tom Kostopoulos had scored short-handed late in the second period to make it 3-2.

``It came right at me and I didn't even know it went it,'' the 38-year-old Bergevin said of his 36th goal in 1,181 NHL games. ``But I saw the replay, and it was a laser beam.''

Rookie goalie Andy Chiodo, who stopped Shawn Bates on a breakaway midway through the third to ultimately preserve the tie, said, ``I'm sure we won't hear the end of it (from Bergevin) for awhile.''

The Islanders might not hear the end of this from coach Steve Stirling for awhile, either.

They lead Florida by eight points for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot, but squandered a chance to increase the lead by getting only one point in the home-and-home series against the NHL's worst team. Before the series, Pittsburgh won only once in 20 games.

``It pretty much feels like it was two losses,'' the Islanders' Mark Parrish said. ``It doesn't feel like we got any points out of these games.''

The Penguins are 2-1-1 since losing 18 in a row, though one of the losses came into overtime and prevented them from setting another NHL losing-streak record. They must win four times in their final 16 games to avoid tying the team record for fewest victories (16) in a season.

New York, beginning a stretch of seven of eight on the road, led 2-0 after Jason Blake scored his first goal in 14 games with just over a minute gone, and Cliff Ronning added his sixth goal less than seven minutes later.

``We got up a couple of goals and let off the gas,'' Parrish said. ``They're a team that doesn't let up at all whether they're down 3-1, 4-1, 5-1.''

Blake was unhappy after being benched for the entire second period on a night he and linemates Parrish and Dave Scatchard combined for two goals and four points.

``I'm obviously mad because our line was going, was ready to play ... and we were all hot,'' Blake said. ``We talked about it all day, that we had our line back together.''

Stirling said he sat Blake down for committing a turnover late in the first period.

``You know what? You make mistakes in this game,'' Blake said. ``It doesn't cost us anything. Our line was fired up and ready to go, and that's just unbelievable (to be benched). How many chances did we have?''

The Penguins, still winless at home since beating the Blackhawks 1-0 on Dec. 29, got back in it late in the first period when Rico Fata poked the puck past Snow while being knocked off his skates in the slot. Matt Bradley collected Landon Wilson's pass from behind the net and steered it through traffic to Fata.

Parrish, who previously set up Blake's goal, made it 3-1 midway through the second when he intercepted defenseman Josef Melichar's no-look, backhand pass along the left wing boards and wristed a shot past Chiodo. Chiodo made 31 saves and is 2-3-1 since being recalled from the minors, easily the best record of any Pittsburgh goalie.

But the momentum shifted when the Islanders not only squandered a chance to make it a three-goal game during a four-minute power play resulting from Fata's high-sticking penalty, they allowed a goal. Kostopoulos made a cross-ice pass to Mike Eastwood, whose hard shot off the left post deflected back to Kostopoulos with most of the net open.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:10
NYI
Jason Blake (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Mark Parrish (9)
1 - 0 NYI
08:04
NYI
Clifford Ronning (6) Slapshot - ASST: NONE
2 - 0 NYI
17:05
PIT
Rico Fata (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Bradley (6), Landon Wilson (4)
2 - 1 NYI
2nd Period
09:13
NYI
Mark Parrish (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Dave Scatchard (10), Eric Cairns (5)
3 - 1 NYI
17:45
PIT
SHG - Tom Kostopoulos (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Eastwood (13), Josef Melichar (3)
3 - 2 NYI
3rd Period
01:46
PIT
Marc Bergevin (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Rico Fata (14), Brooks Orpik (6)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
02:03
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Interference against  Mariusz Czerkawski
04:32
NYI
Jason Blake  Interference on goalkeeper against  Andy Chiodo
10:23
PIT
Tom Kostopoulos  Tripping against  Dave Scatchard
14:05
NYI
Eric Cairns  Interference against  Matt Murley
2nd Period
04:30
NYI
Roman Hamrlik  Holding against  Konstantin Koltsov
15:21
PIT
Rico Fata  Hi-sticking against  Mariusz Czerkawski
15:21
PIT
Rico Fata  Hi-sticking against  Mariusz Czerkawski
3rd Period
11:43
NYI
Oleg Kvasha  Hi-sticking against  Mike Eastwood
OT Period
04:28
NYI
Adrian Aucoin  Boarding against  Rob Scuderi
goalie stats
Garth Snow
SA: 24TOI: 65:00
Saves: 21EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 1
Andy Chiodo
SA: 34TOI: 65:00
Saves: 31EV: 26 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .912SH: 0 - 0